When micro-organisms become resistant to antimicrobial agents such as antibiotics, they develop antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
AMR is a health concern for human and non-human antimicrobial usage. Its management and prevention have become more difficult over the past few decades because of excessive use of antimicrobial medicines and the slower marketing of new classes of antimicrobials.
Commission's 5-Year Action Plan on AMR – Nov. 2011
Road map against antimicrobial resistance
Commission activities on AMR in veterinary medicine
- Mandatory monitoring of Salmonella and Campylobacter isolates in animals:
- Survey on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in herds of breeding pigs: Decision 2008/55/EC